Top 10 reasons to be grateful for Utah Valley

Mount Timanogos and other beautiful scenery is one reason to be grateful for living in Utah County. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Mount Timpanogos is one reason to be grateful to live in Utah Valley. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

Thanksgiving is a day to express gratitude for what we have. In honor of the holiday, here are 10 reasons we should all be grateful for living in Utah Valley:

1.  Breathtaking scenery

Utah Valley is set right in the middle of mountains, which makes it easy to take a quick escape into nature. Plus, who needs a skyline when Mount Timpanogos defines the height of Utah Valley.

2. Educational opportunities

In Utah Valley alone, there are two four-year universities. BYU and UVU add to Utah County’s economy and provide an at-home solution to higher education. Plus, there are a variety of trade schools, including beauty and dental hygiene, that provide residents a chance of expanding their education.

3. Low unemployment rate

The United States Department of Labor ranked Utah the sixth state with the lowest unemployment rate. The unemployment rate in Utah is 4.6 percent.

4. Newly reconstructed I-15

The Utah County I-15 Corridor Expansion took 35 months to complete the construction project that widened the freeway by two lanes between Lehi and Spanish Fork.

5. Ski Resorts

Winter entertainment is easy to come by for this upcoming season. With Sundance Resort not far up the Provo Canyon, a skiing trip is not hard to plan for.

6. Dropping gas prices

Gas prices have been dropping over the past month. Many stations in Utah County have now dropped below $3 per gallon.

7. Sports teams

Not only does Utah Valley enjoy sports teams from BYU and UVU, but there are many talented high school teams to keep track of. Timpview’s football team won the 4A State Championship game last week.

8. Quality transportation

In December 2012, the UTA opened the frontrunner after years of planning and constructing. The 16 station track now serves residents throughout Utah. Plus, cities are constantly looking for ways to improve transportation with future improvement plans including express buses.

9. Family-friendly community

There are frequent family-friendly events in the community. Just last weekend, the UCCU Family Festival taught kids how to handle their money in a fun way. This is just one example of the almost weekly events that all members of the family can enjoy.

10. You

If we are going to be completely honest, all of the people who make up Utah Valley are incredible, so thank you.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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